A guest post from my friend, writer Lisa Kline, who recounts her memory woes:
During my first pregnancy, I could literally feel the blood leaving my brain to nurture my baby. I was spacey and forgetful. I remember thinking, “Geez, not only am I fat and ugly, I’m stupid too.”
Menopause isn’t much different. I can’t remember anything. There was that movie I wanted to see this summer.
“Which movie?” my husband said.
“I can’t remember the name of it.”
“Okay. Who’s in it?”
“That guy…messy blonde hair, broken nose. And that young actress. Very self-possessed. Her hair is always a different color. ”
“Hmm. Who directed it?”
“That guy. Neurotic. I know his name as well as my own. But I can’t remember it now.”
Thank God we’ve been married so long.
“Oh!” says my husband. “Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen, with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams.”
“Whew! That’s it!” I said.
Thank God my husband isn’t going through menopause.
I told my doctor about the memory problems, and I did read on some web sites that taking estrogen could help with mental acuity. I even took estrogen for awhile, mostly for that reason. But eventually the worry about whether I was increasing my cancer risk was not worth it, so I weaned myself off of it. And weaning as opposed to stopping cold turkey with estrogen is vitally important. Talk to your doctor about that.
Meanwhile, I’ve tried another solution to the brain drain: I’ve started making lists. And keeping an extra-detailed day book.
And here’s a secret: my husband, who hasn’t even gone through menopause, does those things too.
Lisa Williams Kline is the author of three novels for young people and a short story collection for adults. Her first novel won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award. Read more about her at Lisawilliamskline.
The photo above is the cover of Lisa’s novel, Write Before Your Eyes. A review in School Library Journal states that “Kline tackles issues like fate and free will with equal parts humor and gravity. This is an engaging read for anyone who has ever felt powerless to change their world.”
Snow Lady: Snow Lady will be sailing through the air to Pam’s house. She is really a bit upset with me as she was hoping she would spend time at everyone’s house. I assured her that Pam will make her life as happy as swirling snowflakes.